5 Unfashionable Items You Should Still Wear

This post originally appeared as part of the Voices 2013 Style and Beauty Blogger awards. 

It’s so exhausting every year trying to figure out what what I’m supposed to be wearing for each season and what item from last season I should absolutely not be wearing this season. I gave up caring many years ago and now I just wear whatever looks good on me, regardless of whether high street fashion is telling me that cargo print and cut offs are the flavour of the day. Here’s a list of items that I still wear proudly even though I’ve spied every one of them on a fashion ‘Don’t’ list in the last year.

5 Unfashionable Items You Should Still Wear 

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The Chunky Wooden Platforms

These are so 2009 but don’t let that stop you. They’re comfortable, they balance out a curvy figure and they add heaps of extra inches to your height to make you super statuesque. They’re aesthetically pleasing and if designed well should still be a wardrobe staple in ten years time. Clomp on I say. Clomp on.

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The Victorian Neckline

A throw back from the late 90s Charmed era, a Victorian neckline is a lady like way to look dressed up without having your fun bags out on display. These little beauties haven’t graced the shop floors in almost a decade but if you have a few tucked away in your cupboard, why not dust them off and take them out for a spin? I bought both of this top in two colours almost 15 years ago from Just Jeans and I still wear them, particularly in summer. They provide a touch of unexpected elegance in a sea of spaghetti straps.

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The Neon Lipstick

This rogue beauty product made a brief appearance in Summer 2011 but was swiftly replaced with autumnal shades of plum, never to be seen again. It was a lovely few months filled with bright orange, pink and peachy pouts and then suddenly it was back to classic reds and nudes. If you found the perfect punchy neon colour then you damn well keep wearing it. Go forth and prosper my lairy lipped friend.

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The Scarf Turban

It feels as though we stopped giving ourselves permission to wear head scarves when Mary Kate Olsen stopped wearing them. Which is such a shame because they’re ideal for when your hair is making poor life choices. There’s also an indisputable glamour about a turban. They’re timeless and impossibly elegant. Don’t wait for this versatile accessory to come back into fashion. Wear it loud and wear it proud.

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Low Slung Hip Belt

We can blame Sienna Miller for the inception of this boho trend but why it ever disappeared is beyond me. In summer there’s nothing more stylish than a maxi dress casually belted around your hips. Who cares if all the other ladies are wearing high waisted shorts and skinny belts? Let your inner flower child shine. Season after season.

What unfashionable favourites do you love?

Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.


  1. Nessbow 3 years ago

    Turbans forever!

  2. Steph 3 years ago

    I still love boots over jeans in winter – it feels very 1970s equestrian chic…

  3. Nicole 3 years ago

    I used to be SO into the high lace neckline look, definitely around the age of 18 or 19. I still have some, (including a homemade one made with Halloween fabric), but they don’t currently fit me. Would definitely love to work back into those.

    I feel like my love for plaid/tartan skirts continues on, but thankfully have moved past the short pleated version stage.

  4. bbeingcool 2 years ago

    Love this! I love my chunky platforms and agree, they are a curvy girls BEST friend!

  5. Erika 2 years ago

    Cardigans and kilts (not necessarily together).

  6. Bec 2 years ago

    I’m afraid I just can’t abide by the Low Slung Hip Belt look. Not then. Not now. Not ever. Looks very dated.

    • Bec 2 years ago

      That said, I am totally clomping around the office today.

  7. Nicole 2 years ago

    You can pry my turban, platforms and bright lippie from my cold dead hands.

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